Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Breaking News - Angelic Brewery Officially Closed

While it seemed inevitable since the falling out between the brewers (Dean Coffey and Chris Riphenburg who went on to found Ale Asylum) and management of the Angelic, the axe has finally fallen.

Staff got the call today to lock the doors and not bother reporting tomorrow.

We'll know more in the coming days, but just thought you'd want to know.

7 comments:

  1. They didn't have a liquor license. Cops showed up Tuesday night, no license. So 40+ people are out of a job.

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  2. Is this for real? How long are they saying it will be closed down for?

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  3. It is my understanding that this is permanent. As in not re-opening. From what I understand of the situation, ownership had let the liquor licenses run intentionally. When the cops came the GM was "conveniently" out of town.

    If anyone associated with this situation would like to comment, more details would be greatly appreciated!

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  4. I worked at the angelic. The way in which it was closed was very disrespectful of its many dedicated employees, and was actually more like 60+ employees that now have no jobs. There was an inkling that things were headed south months ago, but management continually told employees that the Angelic was not closing and that ample notice would be given before such an event would occur. Essentially , the business was ran into the ground by the general manager Tom Woodford, who did not even show enough respect to employees to notify them himself. Rather than bow out gracefully, management stretched resources until the city pulled the liquor license due to out standing debt. Most employees were notified Wed July 2 to pick their checks up that night at 7Pm and "have a drink" (nice consolation), and that the angelic would be closing its doors after that. My question would be: does anybody know if there is legal recourse for employees that now have no jobs due to these events and lack of warning by management.

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  5. Since there were no contracts amongst the workers and the owner, and workers were part-time, there is no recourse. Part-time hourly workers are at-will employees, and can be let go at any time without warning

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  6. Any clue on what they're planning on doing with the place now?

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  7. This saddens me.

    While I only lived in Madison briefly, Angelic was one of my favorite places.

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